One of the most surprising cigars to come out of Cuba, the hand-rolled Hoyo de Monterry Le Hoyo de San Juan is a beasty Geniales giving a delightfully light-bodied and aromatic snoke. The master blenders have created a subtle and wonderfully aromatic smoke that belies the cigar’s young age.
Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de San Juan Overview
Released at the 2014 Habanos Festival, the Le Hoyo de San Juan comes in a Geniales format with a mighty 54 ring gauge and a 5.9” length. It has an immensely satisfying weight and feel. Some may consider the big size pretentious or over the top.
Hand-rolled from tobacco sourced solely from the San Juan y Martínez region where the brand originated, this outstanding cigar offers a modern twist on the original Hoyo de Monterrey recipe. It provides smokers with a light-to-medium flavor profile rather than the brand’s standard medium-bodied fare.
Smoking a Hoyo de Monterrey le Hoyo de San Juan
The Hoyo de Monterrey le Hoyo de San Juan has almost perfect construction with a semi-matte wrapper between Colorado Claro and Colorado, which smells of dry hay, wood shavings, and dried fruit at the foot.
Well-packed without any soft spots, the Le Hoyo de San Juan offers excellent resistance to the draw. The burn can become slightly uneven in places, but quickly corrects without any assistance.
The first third is light and floral, with a base note of wood and a hint of sweet spices such as cloves and cinnamon. The spice notes are joined by the aroma of sun-ripened stone fruits and roasted nuts going into the second third. As with most Cubans, the intensity peaks towards the final third with rich caramel and chocolate, creating a lushly layered flavor that lingers long after you are done.
The Le Hoyo de San Juan has a surprising complexity considering its young age and should be considered in the same bracket as special edition cigars. It’s better value if you’re prepared to age most of the box for two years or more.
Hoyo de Monterrey le Hoyo de San Juan Experience
The Hoyo de Monterrey le Hoyo de San Juan is designed to be aged and is best enjoyed by someone who can appreciate delicately layered flavors. Novice cigar smokers will find it to be a challenge. Smoke one or two now and keep the rest of the box for later.